7 absolute best hotspots in the city

By Bhavana Verma Updated: April 20, 2024

The significant evolution of Los Angeles’ pizza culture in recent decades has pleasantly surprised cities like New York and Chicago. As people move around those famous cities, LA offers a slice of each of those cities, for which it has become a popular pizza hotspot.

Pizza was never a staple for Los Angeles, but since renowned restaurants like Spago and Wolfgang Puck started making delicious pies, it has pretty much become a staple in the city. Now on every street corner you come across a seller or a small restaurant where people line up every day to get a delicious piece.

In LA you can enjoy almost every pizza style known to an American. From Italian Neapolitan to thin-crust New Yorker, this city’s pizzerias thrive with their classic flavors and unique pies.

With many new spots popping up, Los Angeles has really stepped up its pizza game lately, in no small part. There has never been a better time to enjoy pizza in this city than now! If you’re looking for the best places to sample pizza in Los Angeles, head to these seven restaurants first and make sure you try the “must try” items on the menu.

7 places to try pizza in Los Angeles

Image credits: Pizzeria Sei

At Pizzeria Sei you will find fast, delicious Neapolitan pizzas. This cozy spot in Pico-Robertson serves seven types of pies, each with its own tasty twist. Owners William Joo and Jennifer So strive to make the best pizza in LA, with their Tokyo-style pies drawing a crowd. The Neapoletana comes with capers and anchovies, and the Bismarck comes with prosciutto cotto, egg and fior di latte cheese. Both are a must-try on the menu. Sit at the bar and watch your pizza being prepared in the domed oven; it’s ready in minutes!

Location: 8781 W Pico Blvd (Robertson Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90035

Opening hours: Sat-Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Mon-Fri: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Tue: Closed

Must try: Napoletana pizza with capers and anchovies, Bismarck pizza with prosciutto cotto, egg and fior di latte cheese, Diavola pizza with Castelvetrano olives and soppressata, Funghi pizza for vegetarians, Caesar salad as a lighter starter.

Image credits: Pizzeria Bianco

Despite being a newcomer, Pizzeria Bianco quickly rose to fame in LA and is best known for its appearance on ‘Chef’s Table: Pizza’. Chef Chris Bianco’s warm personality contributes to the lively atmosphere. They serve New York-style slices especially for lunch and dinner, with favorites like the signature Rosa, topped with Parmesan cheese, red onion, rosemary and pistachios. With crispy yet foldable crusts, Bianco’s pies offer clever topping combinations like soppressata and marinara or pistachio and parmesan. For a comfortable experience, it is recommended that you make a reservation before your visit.

Location: 1320 E 7th St #100, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11am – 9pm; Like this: closed

Must try: New York style slices, Rosa pizza

Image credits: Charlie Seo at Shins Pizza via Google Maps

Shins Pizza in Cypress Park, from the people behind Found Oyster and Barra Santos, offers more than just a trendy hangout. Their NY-style slices are crispy and foldable, but it’s the innovative toppings that make them stand out. Try the meat lovers pie with Chinese sausage, bacon and spicy sambal, or the controversial white pie with mortadella top. Named after Shin Irvin, Shins Pizza combines Asian flavors with classic pizza prepared by Chef Melissa López. Don’t miss their unique side dishes such as Asian pear salad and Japanese-style chicken nuggets.

Location: 1215 1/2 Cypress Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Must Try: Meat Lovers Pie with Chinese Sausage, Bacon and Spicy Sambal, White Pie with Mortadella Top

Ronan in West Hollywood is the place to get Neapolitan pizza with a perfectly charred, chewy crust and precisely balanced toppings. Start with the classic margherita, then dive into inventive toppings like the French dip calzone filled with roast meat and mustard to enjoy perfection. The Sweet Cheeks, topped with guanciale and ricotta, give you a mix of sweet and spicy flavor. The attractive dining room adds to the dining experience and creates a perfect atmosphere for a delicious meal.

Location: 7315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM; Fri: 5:30pm–10pm; Sat: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Sun: 11am–2pm, 5pm–9pm

Must try: Margherita pizza, French dip calzone filled with roast beef and mustard, Sweet Cheeks pizza with guanciale and ricotta

Cosa Buona on busy Sunset Blvd serves puffy crust pizza created by Chef Zach Pollack of Silver Lake’s Alimento. Each pie has a perfectly blistered, chewy crust with tasty toppings like classic margarita or sausage with mustard greens and spicy chili. Smoked mozzarella sticks on the side make it even tastier. With only simple toppings that don’t seem too overwhelming, you can taste Italy with an American twist in every bite. This business is open for both dine-in and take-out, so you can enjoy it wherever you want.

Location: 2100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 4pm – 9pm; Fri-Sat: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Must try: Margherita pizza, sausage pie with mustard greens and spicy chilis. Pizzaiolo Pizza of the Month, Sicilian pizzas

6) Apollonia’s pizzeria

Image credits: Robert Lopez via Google Maps

Apollonia’s Pizzeria on Wilshire Boulevard serves thin-crust pies with exciting toppings like spicy arrabbiata sauce and exotic sausages made with lamb, duck and “chicken tequila.” But the off-menu pepperoni square pie steals the show with its crackly crust and marinara-infused goodness. Each 12″ x 16″ square is deeply charred yet light inside, perfect for sharing between three. The Detroit-style square slices are equally impressive, with crispy edges and gooey burrata. Don’t forget to drizzle spicy honey over your pick for an extra kick.

Location: 5176 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – 8pm; Mon-Tue: closed

Must Try: Pepperoni Square Pie, Wilshire Margherita with Chicken Tequila Sausage, Mayor’s Mistress with Pepperoni and Italian Sausage

Image credits: Little Coyote

Little Coyote in Long Beach is known for its nostalgic appeal that takes you back in time and resembles the casual pizzeria that suburban kids loved. Their huge slices of New York-style pizza with crispy thin crusts and classic toppings like pepperoni and sausage are one of the famous pizzas you can try here. White pizza with spinach, ricotta and mozzarella is also a favorite on the menu. Hang out on the patio or grab a pizza to take away; Either way, Little Coyote has creative options and friendly service for you.

Location: 2118 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 12pm – 9pm; Fri-Sat: 12:00 – 22:00

Must Try: White Pizza with Spinach, Ricotta and Mozzarella, Pizzas with Cheese, Pepperoni and Margherita, Grandma Squares

These Los Angeles pizza hotspots will never fail to impress you no matter when you visit them. Come hungry and eat to your heart’s content and don’t forget to try the must-try items on the menu.